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Fall CUE 2013 Keynotes





Marco Torres, Keynote SpeakerRamsey Musallam, Chemistry Teacher, Sacred Heart Cathedral School, San Francisco, California

Opening Keynote, Friday, October 25, 5:00 - 6:00 pm

The Best Time to Be a Teacher is Now


Whether it be the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards or recent Advanced Placement curricular modifications, your school, district or organization is undoubtedly in the middle of a conversation about standards and assessment. Although the last decade brought with it mixed emotions about accountability, this keynote will argue that educators today are in a perfect position to make a real, organized, and dynamic impact on student learning.

Through a lens of pedagogy, Ramsey will demonstrate how meaningful learning is possible when educators critically embrace standards, rather than reject them as factors that inhibit real learning. This keynote will argue that today’s educator can both motivate, engage and inspire her students, while also delivering content in meaningful and engaging ways. With new standards on the horizon, endless opportunities for professional connection and growth, and a myriad of new tools at our disposal, the best time to be a teacher is now!

Ramsey Musallam is a chemistry teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral, and host of the Infinite Thinking Machine, an internet show dedicated to innovation in education. Upon receiving his Doctorate in 2010, Ramsey's interests have shifted from Multimedia Learning, to an emphasis on curiosity, using technology as a strategic classroom partner. Ramsey was recently featured alongside Bill Gates, John Legend, Sir Ken Robinson and others on TED Talks Education, TED's first-ever original television broadcast special. 


 Rushton Hurley, Spotlight SpeakerAngela Maiers, President, Maiers Educational Services, Clive, IA

Closing Keynote Saturday, October 26, 4:30 - 5:30 pm


Changing the Conversation: It's not about the tech!

In the world of education, more specifically the world in which our students are growing up, technology is not only an option for learning and life; it is imperative to live that life to its fullest. It will be our responsibility as educators to help this generation make the "RIGHT" decisions about the technology they use,  but use the technology in ways that are real, impactful, global; honoring passion and amplifying individual and collective talent.

The R.I.G.H.T framework seeks to capture the essential qualities of knowledge required and perspective for effective technology integration into teaching and learning while addressing the social and connected nature of the changing landscape.

Angela will discuss how technologies (both analog and digital) need to be creatively repurposed by educators in order to develop and provide experiences essential for success in the new millennium. She will also offer examples of current research and practice as well as wider  implications for education leaders, teacher professional development and policy.

It’s not the technology —it’s how you USE it


At the forefront of New Literacy and Web 2.0 technologies is Angela Maiers, inspiring others with her passionate pursuit of literacy, learning and global communication. She is an award-winning educator, speaker, consultant and professional trainer and has been impacting the education field and business communities worldwide for more than 20 years with her energetic and inspirational messages.

Her most recent books are The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. In addition to her own blog at www.angelamaiers.com, she also contributes to Huffington Post, Social Media Explorer, Ecology of Education and is a top contributor on Education Week’s LeaderTalk.

As the founder and President of Maiers Educational Services, she is committed to helping schools and organizations achieve learning and productivity goals through literacy and technology.